Spring is fast approaching. Our ever faithful groundhog has even signaled spring will be early this year. It’s getting to be that time of year where it’s time for you to tend to the yard and start preparing it for spring. There is much to do with your landscaping, and tree maintenance is a big part of that.
Milam’s Tree Service would like to take the time to share some tips for care and maintenance of your trees for spring.
– Winter Tree Wraps & Supports. If you have taken the time to wrap and support your youngling trees for the cold winter months, now is the time to strip them down. If you neglect the wraps and support, their growth can be hindered. Wraps collect condensation all winter long from the ice, snow and rain. Allowing the wraps to fester with too much moisture for too long, damage can ensue, rot or arboreal disease can develop.
– Dormant Oil Application to Trees. Once the temperatures have consecutively been above freezing for 24 days but before the budding commences, dormant oil can be applied. The timing to the application is extremely important. If it gets applied too early or too late, trees can be damaged. Applying dormant oil can kill harmful insects or mites.
– Transplanting and Planting Trees in Spring. Early spring is the most optimal time for planting young-ling trees. Many species are still dormant, allowing them to get settled before the warmer temperatures take over in the summer. The ice and snow is melting allowing the ground to be well moistened. Trees being planted should also be fed with compost, loosely compacted soil and fertilizer.
– Applying Fertilizer & Mulch to Trees. The first layer of mulch is best administered in the beginning weeks of spring. Where mulch is often forgotten, it is an excellent resource for strengthening the root system of your trees and keeping it healthy. Avoid using plastic sheeting under your mulch, which is a common mistake. Doing so can cause the roots to suffocate and thus kill your tree. Young trees thrive quickly through the use of mulch in the best growing condition of spring. However, in young trees it is only needed every other year. At Milam’s Tree Service, the logs that aren’t used for firewood are put into a tub grinder and turned into hardwood rough bark mulch. We sell it dyed black, brown or red for decorative purposes.
– Tree Trimming and Pruning. The most effective benefits of pruning and trimming trees is done in spring before they begin to bud. Removing dead, diseased or unwanted limbs is best done in late winter or early spring. By doing so, you are encouraging healthier trees and beautifully shaped trees. Although, keep in mind that some tree species are better pruned in late summer or fall. Pruning the dead or diseased branches is also an excellent way to avert damage or harm from falling branches.
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If you are uncertain as to which trees need pruning and trimming, or the best shapes achieved, involve the professionals from Milam’s Tree Service. Our experts are masterfully trained to properly and efficiently prune and trim trees according to your needs as well as theirs. Call us today to schedule your appointment!